JWoody82 wrote:This was my first time experiencing the inflation seen in an auction in a keeper league, I knew it was coming and did the math, but it went even higher than I expected. Calculated inflation was a bit over 22%, and in many cases guys went for much higher than that. Came into the draft as the defending champ, but not overly excited with the results going into year 2. Welcome all input and will give thoughts on your draft as well.
$200 auction before keeper value is subtracted. 6pt for all TD, 1pt per 10 yds rushing/receiving, 1 pt per 25 yds passing, 1 pt per 5 receptions, 1 pt per 5 completions, -2 INT, -2 lost fumble, return TDs only count for D/ST.
QB - Peyton Manning 31
RB - Arian Foster 25 (keeper)
RB - Jamaal Charles 33 (keeper)
RB/WR - Ryan Mathews 19
WR - Miles Austin 27
WR - Santana Moss 14
TE - Jimmy Graham 5
D/ST - Packers 2
K - Stephen Gostkowski 1
BN - Austin Collie 13
BN - Jordy Nelson 6
BN - Robert Meachem 4
BN - Antonio Brown 3
BN - Willis McGahee 6
BN - Jerome Harrison 5
BN - Donovan McNabb 3
I'm not wild about the amount of money I left to spend on my bench, wish I had put more into the starters in hindsight, in particular the flex and WR 2 spots, but also feel like theres a few upside receivers who could pop on the bench. Also forgot that I needed to draft a 2nd QB since I picked Peyton, so picking up McNabb at the end prevented me from grabbing up Ben Tate.
Also welcome any thoughts about how crazy I'd be to trade away Foster at this point for two starting quality, but not elite, RBs to add some depth there. I'm not high on Mathews, he was literally the last mid-priced RB taken. Had been hoping for Felix Jones or Shonn Greene, but bidding for both went through the roof.
I've never done an auction league, so all I can offer is a roster breakdown -
QB - Peyton is a lynch-pin, he's elite, and will continue to be so. McNabb is worht a flier w/ Peyton there, but IMO, his days of being a viable starting option are behind him.
RB - Foster/Charles is flat out nasty as a 1-2 punch. Mathews is fine as an RB3, kind of view him as a make or break type pick - SD didn't move up in last year's draft to take a bum, IMO he will be given the chance to succeed. As a potential flex - IMO you're fine. McGahee is TBD IMO, could be a startable flex, could be WW material, need to see how the rotation in Denver shakes out. Harrison only makes sense if something happens to Best IMO - no Tate or Ward is a bit perplexing.
WR - Absolutely love Austin going into this year (last 17 games w/ Romo he's put up over 100 catches, over 1700 yards, and 12 TD) - he's elite. As long as Collie's head stays on, he's going to be your WR2. After that, you are extremely thin at WR IMO - Moss is somebody I'm avoiding in all drafts, Grossman/Beck is not who I want getting any WR I own the ball - Washington is gong to be a hot mess. Nelson/Meachem/Brown are all good upside guys (Nelson being my favorite of the 3) - need one of them to outplay what you paid for them.
TE - Graham is being labeled as the next big thing at TE, I still have my reservations on that, show me something first approach. Brees spreads the ball around too much. But, you could do a lot worse.
K & D/ST - both are elite options at their positions.
I'd make a point to land Tate and/or Ward - just in case. I think your biggest hole is at WR, Collie needs to stay healthy and you'll be fine, but I would look to land somebody just in case. Moss/Harrison to the Best owner possibly for a WR3?